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Title:
The angry chef's guide to spotting bullsh*t in the world of food : bad science and the truth about healthy eating / Anthony Warner.
Title Variants:
Angry chef's guide to spotting bullshit in the world of food
ISBN:
9781615194605
Publication Information:
New York : The Experiment, 2018.

©2017
Physical Description:
xii, 323 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain as The Angry Chef by Oneworld Publications in 2017.
Contents:
Gateway pseudoscience. Confused by correlation ; Detox diets ; The alkaline diet ; Regression to the mean ; The remembering self -- When science goes wrong. The genius of science Columbo ; Coconut oil ; The paleo diet ; Antioxidants ; Sugar -- The influence of pseudoscience. A history of quacks ; The power of ancient wisdom ; Processed foods ; Clean eating ; Eating disorders -- The dark heart of pseudoscience. Relative risk ; The GAPS diet ; Cancer -- The fight back. The evolution of myths ; Science and truth ; Fighting pseudoscience.
Abstract:
"Why is Chef Anthony Warner so angry? Two words: pseudoscience bullshit. Lies about nutrition are repeated everywhere--in newspaper headlines, on celebrity blogs, even by our well-meaning friends and family. Bad science is no reason to give up good food (we miss you, bread)! It's high time to distinguish fact from crap. As the Angry Chef, Warner skewers common food myths that range from questionable ("coconut oil is a weight-loss miracle") to patently dangerous ("autism is caused by toxins"). He also cuts down a host of fad diets--including the paleo diet and the infamous detox. Warner goes on to explain why we're so easily misled: It has a lot to do with our instinctive craving for simple explanations and straightforward rules. With help from "Science Columbo," he pares away poisonous rhetoric and serves up the delicious, nuanced truth (with a side of saucy humor). Bon appétit!"--Page [4] of cover.
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Summary

Just say no to nutri-nonsense

Why is Chef Anthony Warner so angry? Two words: pseudoscience bullshit. Lies about nutrition are repeated everywhere--in newspaper headlines, on celebrity blogs, even by our well-meaning friends and family. Bad science is no reason to give up good food ( we miss you, bread )! It's high time to distinguish fact from crap.

As the Angry Chef, Warner skewers common food myths that range from questionable ("coconut oil is a weight-loss miracle") to patently dangerous ("autism is caused by toxins"). He also cuts down a host of fad diets--including the paleo diet and the infamous detox.

Warner goes on to explain why we're so easily misled: It has a lot to do with our instinctive craving for simple explanations and straightforward rules. With help from "Science Columbo," he pares away poisonous rhetoric and serves up the delicious, nuanced truth (with a side of saucy humor). Bon appétit!


Author Notes

Anthony Warner is a trained scientist turned professional chef and regular contributor to New Scientist and the Sunday Times . He lives in Nottinghamshire, England.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Blogger and professional chef Warner's fascination "with how our diet affects our health" informs his entertainingly acerbic, and reassuringly commonsensical, attack on the myths and pseudoscience behind fad diets and food trends. Faced with a proliferation of unregulated advice available from celebs and self-proclaimed health gurus, Warner investigates a world "where scientific principles are completely discounted." Taking on familiar, popular food regimens and recommendations-including gluten-free, sugar-free, detox, alkaline and paleo diets, coconut oil, antioxidants, and the bogus "Paltrow Science" of Goop-he systematically and humorously cuts through empty promises of dramatic weight loss and other hoped-for changes. Forays into the darker side of "nutri-nonsense" reveal the risks and false hopes represented by nutritional cures for serious conditions like autism and cancer. In an appendix, readers are advised to beware "experts" who espouse a food "philosophy," blame illness on the individual, cite ancient wisdom and anecdotes as fact, or try to sell something. Dieters will finish Warner's spirited guide newly on guard against snake-oil salespeople posing as health experts, and armed with Warner's own, typically pragmatic advice: to embrace variety, try not to feel guilty about one's diet, and eat everything in moderation. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
Part I Gateway Pseudosciencep. 1
1 Confused by Correlationp. 2
2 Detox Dietsp. 15
3 The Alkaline Dietp. 31
4 Regression to the Meanp. 43
5 The Remembering Selfp. 57
Part II When Science Goes Wrongp. 67
6 The Genius of Science Columbop. 68
7 Coconut Oilp. 89
8 The Paleo Dietp. 106
9 Antioxidantsp. 124
10 Sugarp. 135
Part III The Influence of Pseudosciencep. 153
11 A History of Quacksp. 154
12 The Power of Ancient Wisdomp. 165
13 Processed Foodsp. 175
14 Clean Eatingp. 191
15 Eating Disordersp. 203
Part IV The Dark Heart of Pseudosciencep. 219
16 Relative Riskp. 220
17 The GAPS Dietp. 234
18 Cancerp. 251
Part V The Fight Backp. 273
19 The Evolution of Mythsp. 274
20 Science and Truthp. 285
21 Fighting Pseudosciencep. 295
Epiloguep. 307
Appendix 1

p. 311

Appendix 2

p. 312

Acknowledgmentsp. 316
Notesp. 319